Posts from July 2016

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The Story of the Fourth of July


The Declaration of Independence We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress […]



Thank you, everybody, for making the Library Open House a  big success.  We had many to visit and check out books. I want to especially thank the staff, Phyllis Reneau, Jeanette Roshau, Arden Carroll, and Kim Hager for all the work and contributions to make this a great day.  If you did not get a […]

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?


For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and […]

How is your prayer life?


How is your prayer life?  I hope I am not alone in finding it a struggle to always stay focused when I pray.  It is so easy for me to get distracted and find myself wandering off chasing a rabbit while I am praying or more accurately ceasing to pray and just wandering in thought.  […]